The Cat In The Cupboard
This is a tune I started writing about 7 or 8 years ago. It used to be a 3-part jig in D with a different name. Then at some point I changed the key to C and rewrote some bits.
Then recently I played it to some friends and they started playing it with me. They suggested that I scrap the 2nd part and keep only half of the 3rd part and patch together what was left. They also made changes to bars 4 and 6 of the 1st part. What came out was totally different from the original tune in D, but I like it better. The name was agreed upon later. It’s been played a few times in our session in its new form. I enjoy playing it in the session because it was really the result of a few moments of joint creativity at the end of an evening of playing music with good friends.
I’ve heard that some people here think my compositions are laughable, but then I’ve also had a few positive and encouraging comments via e-mail. I’m grateful for any comments, but if you don’t like it, it would be nice if you said so to my face, i.e. here in the comments section, and even better if you could make suggestions for improvements. I really do enjoy constructive criticism and promise that I’ll take it into consideration without argument or complaint.
I like to play Matt Hayes’ jig after this - it’s a nice change into D.
Note for Jeremy in case the abc looks weird: I haven’t forgotten a repeat bar in the 1st part - it’s only meant to be played once.
As if it was worth having the approval of a guitarist, but you can have it anyway.
The tune has enough twists to be interesting without being overly quirky and there’s all sorts of implied and not so implied chordal structures in there!!
Mind you an accompanist could destroy this …….
I transposed to D for the flute
T:Cat In The Cupboard, The
f|ecA AGE|FDD D2f|~g3 efd|cA^G ABc|
dAd ede|fdF GFG|AdB cAG|EDC D2f|
ecA AGE|FDD D2f|~g3 efd|cA^G ABc|
dAd ede|fdf ~g3|a^ga b=ge|edc d2|
|:e|fdd ede|f2A ABd|~e3 ABd|efe ede|
fdd ede|fba fed|~e3 age|edc d2:|
Good tune, Mark. You could pair it with Mouse in the Cupboard too, eh?
Don’t let the naff-sayers get you down. One person’s opus is another person’s Concertina Reel :o)
LOL I’ll have to use that sometime! No, I don’t let comments about my compositions get me down at all. I’d just rather people said "I don’t like it because of x, y, z" in the comments section if they have an opinion, and that goes for any tune on the database actually. If people simply don’t have an opinion or don’t want to try it, that’s also fine of course. Like Donough did with my last one - he said he liked such-and-such but wasn’t keen on one of the parts, and this gave me an opportunity to rewrite some bits, and also try and understand why certain bits were weaker than others. And that helps not only my composition but also my understanding of the music in general, and therefore also my playing, so bring it on! It turned out that in that case it was because part of it was harmonically very weak, and whether you have a backer there or not, it seems that the human ear wants to hear melodies that move in certain ways that "imply chordal structures" in the way that Donough describes. Tellingly, Donough’s a backer. Thanks for your input BTW Donough! Looking forward to hearing you play next month - you’d better bring your guitar…
I like it too, Mark. Just trying to figure out where I can put in a "meow" a la Tommy Peoples. :)
Is that the name of your cat? How come everyone seems to know your cat’s name? Or should I do a Google search?
Disclaimer: Not being serious. Apologies if this caused offence.
LOL — as in "The Fat Cat" on The Quiet Glen, dude. https://thesession.org/tunes/950 — on the recording, he does these long slurs on several of the times through for a "meeeeoooowww".
Oh, and he also does a purr thing on the last note.